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Teaches Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute

It's not rocket science. It's about good basic skills and habits, and finding those all-important starting points to launch your own exploration. Always be looking for the music that makes you WANT to play!

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Teaches at:
Areas of Instruction

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Spectrum, Antique Melody Show, Swing Shift Jazz Combo, Richmond Pops Band, Continentals Big Band, Royal Virginians


Virginia Commonwealth University, J. Sargeant Reynolds

Favorite Bands

Cannonball Adderly, Count Basie, Steely Dan, Eddie Daniels, Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel, Tower of Power, Benny Goodman

Favorite Instruments

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Bass

Musical Interests

Jazz, Chamber Music, Western Swing, Small group arranging, transcription

Performance Experience

Sax in Rock/Funk bands, Classical & Jazz Clarinet, Theater Pit Doubler on Clarinet/Sax/Flute, Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Klezmer Clarinet

Specialties / Genres Taught

Jazz, Arranging, Adults, Beginners

Teaching Experience

Jacobs Music, Music and Art, Mechanicsville Music, James River HS, Lee-Davis HS, Powhatan HS, Stonewall Jackson MS, Chickahominy MS, Colonial Heights HS

About Allen

 A lifelong Richmonder, Allen is a highly versatile musician whose performing
career began as a house musician at the Tides Inn in 1979. Educated at Virginia
Commonwealth University, he has been involved in both professional and community
groups on clarinet, saxophone and flute. You may have seen him playing saxophone
with pop groups like Spectrum, or jazz groups like Jack Diamond & Friends,
Swing Shift Jazz Combo, and the Continentals. Even local backup for national
names like The Four Tops and Archie Bell. ‘Legit’ clarinet credits include the
Richmond Pops Band, Commonwealth Winds, and the Richmond Clarinet Choir, as well
as some freelance with the Richmond Symphony/Virginia Opera during college days.
Other clarinet activities include klezmer and gypsy music with My Son the
Doctor, German ‘oompah’ music with Elbe Musikanten, and even a little
country/western with The Cactus Kings. Jazz involvements on clarinet include A
Pack of Luckies, Men of Mystery, Gypsy Roots, Rumble Seat Revival, and the RVA
Dixieland All-Stars. Allen has extensive experience as a woodwind doubler in pit
orchestras for Virginia Repertory Theatre, Lee Playhouse, Cadence Theatre
Company, etc. In 1999 he toured the US and Europe with the company of Blackbirds
of Broadway. Allen has been teaching privately for roughly 28 years, including
24 years at our Midlothian Location, 6 years at our Regency location, and 14 years at Mechanicsville Music. Allen has served as a lesson instructor and clinician at a number of Richmond area schools, and is in his 13th year as music director at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Henrico County, near his home. In his spare time he enjoys amateur radio (c/s N4JRI) and jazz guitar.

Allen offers instruction for all ages in clarinet, saxophone, flute and jazz improvisation.
Midlothian Music & Arts 804-272-1197 Richmond VA